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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Ariz. Immigration Law

April 24, 2012  | 

Photo: POLICE file
Photo: POLICE file

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about Arizona's tough immigration law on Wednesday in a landmark case expected to provide clarity about whether states can enforce federal immigration laws.

Federal courts have blocked the four most controversial sections of Arizona's SB 1070, which was passed in 2010 and gave officers expanded powers to ask about the immigration status of subjects, and to hold those suspected of being illegal immigrants, reports the New York Times.

It's unusual for the Supreme Court to accept a case that hasn't yet been fully adjudicated by the lower courts, but the court appears to want to resolve the issue sooner rather than later, reports the Arizona Republic. Several other states including Georgia, Alabama, and Utah have passed laws similar to SB 1070, prompting conflicting legal rulings in various appeals-court districts.

Justice Elena Kagan will not hear this case, because as solicitor general, before taking the bench last year, she had been involved in the Obama administration's initial legal opposition to the law, reports CNN. The Wednesday hearing will be the final case of the court's current term.

SCOTUSblog has an in-depth preview of Wednesday's arguments.


Comments (3)

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Frank @ 4/25/2012 3:40 AM

Welcome to 2012! Amazing we are actually going to hear arguments on a law that is on the books as illegal. What's next drug trafficking, human trafficking, money laundering or the infamous gun running? States in question should expect support from their Federal government. Chasing Illegals mean chasing Cartel members too.

Vince @ 4/25/2012 8:28 AM

If the Obama White House and Justice Department let the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Department do it's job and enforce current immigration laws on the books our States would not have to protect themselves especially Arizona, and other mentioned. Arizona has had a huge decrease in all crime including violent crime since said law was passed. So I guess it works for Arizona!

Thor @ 4/30/2012 3:18 PM

Most western states have many acres of national forest. If that is true with Arizona as well who owns the land in the Southern part of the state that borders the Rio Grande (probably to the middle of the Rio Grand).

If it is private property why can't the owners have their own security force? Trespass is a crime just like the shoplifters that get snagged by security and police called.

I used to pickup shoplifters at malls all the time. I printed and mugged them but due to age had to cite them and release them to their parents.

A security force (possibly voluntary) could observe the illegals pass from Mexico to the US and do a civilian arrest (at gunpoint if necessary). That would cover the need for PC. Turn them over to Sheriff Joe or ICE wearing wire tie cuffs and THEN we would have a secure border!!! Who owns the land? Let's volunteer to nail these guys!

Put s little pizzaz in your retirement and use all those years of picking up the bad guys!!! Thor

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